Factors influencing the selection of a procurement route for UK offsite housebuilding

Agapiou, Andrew (2020) Factors influencing the selection of a procurement route for UK offsite housebuilding. Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law. ISSN 1751-4304 (In Press)

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    Abstract

    While there is a plethora of research into the perceived benefits of offsite construction systems and the barriers towards their adoption, there has been very little discussion of the procurement route selection factors for offsite residential projects in the UK Midlands region. This study sought to identify the factors which influence the selection of a procurement method for offsite housebuilding projects in the Midlands. The aim of the paper was to identify the critical factors influencing the procurement selection for offsite housebuilding developments through a survey of 157 construction professionals and housing developers using the Relative Importance Index as a basis for analysis. A comparison between the most highly ranked factors for offsite manufacturing and those presented in the literature indicate that practitioners’ perceptions are largely aligned with those of traditional construction processes. The higher constructability of design and environmental sustainability have been shown to have a greater influence on the selection of the most appropriate procurement route for offsite housebuilding as compared to those applicable to traditional construction. The research findings can also help practitioners to develop a wider and deeper perspective of the criteria for selecting the appropriate procurement method for offsite residential projects at a regional level.